About This Program
This program presents the feature crime thriller, Hideout.
Audience Choice Award - Best Foreign Narrative Feature
Director: Yen Kuang Chen
Narrative Feature, Taiwan, 2021, 118 min, Color, Crime Thriller
A drug dealer hopes to make enough money so that he and his girlfriend can leave their life of crime behind. He borrows money from a local crime boss to complete a deal. What could go wrong?
Cast & Crew:
Director: Yen Kuang Chen
Writer: Yen Kuang Chen
Producers: Yen Kuang Chen, Jerry Hsin, Vincent Lee
Key Cast: Tang Lun, Alex Chiu, Eddie Chen, Ssu Ching Ho, Edmund Chen, Shao Ping
Yen Kuang Chen was born in Taiwan, Taipei. With a background in graphic design and photo-editing,
he is a self-taught filmmaker.
Hideout is his feature debut. He served as the screenwriter, director, editor and
producer of this film.
Hideout is my first feature-length film. I tried to present this crime story in a very realistic way.
Accordingly, whether it is the shooting technique, composition, performances or dialogue,
the aim was to be simple, direct and plain, so as to increase the sense of realism for audiences
when watching the film.
Though this film is categorized as a crime thriller, its core revolves around the complexity
of human psychology, such as love, trust, pretense, deceit and betrayal. This is also the source
of my creative inspiration.
My focus when writing the script was always on big twists and reversals. That is why Hideout
has a seemingly simple plot yet an unexpected ending. Tiny details in the film provide the key
to subsequent developments in the story.
Omaha Film Festival (Omaha, Nebraska), March 13, 2022, World Premiere
Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival (Muskogee, Oklahoma), April 28, 2022,
Best Foreign Language Drama
Big Apple Film Festival and Screenplay Competition (New York City), Honorable Mention Award
PopCon International Film Festival (Indianapolis, Indiana), June 7, 2022, Nominee
ReelHeART International Film and Screenplay Festival (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), July 1, 2022,
Best Feature Film Nominee
Cobb International Film Festival (Cobb, Georgia), August 4, 2022, Nominee
Official Selection at
Ferrara Film Festival (Ferrara, Italy),
Marina del Rey Film Festival (Los Angeles, California),
Festivus Film Festival (Denver, Colorado),
Capital City Film Festival (Lansing, Michigan),
Richmond International Film Festival (Richmond, Virginia),
LA Crime and Horror Film Festival (Los Angeles, California),
Near Nazareth Festival (Afula, Israel),
Interrobang Film Festival (Des Moines, Iowa),
Kosice International Film Festival (Kosice, Slovakia),
Micheaux Film Festival (Los Angeles, California),
Art of Brooklyn Film Festival (Brooklyn, New York),
Burbank International Film Festival (Los Angeles, California)